Sun coverage: Cockeysville family killed

The Browning family

The Browning family is shown at Deep Creek Lake, where they had a vacation home, around June 2006. Nicholas (top right) is accused of killing his parents, Tamara and John, and his two brothers, Benjamin (bottom left) and Gregory. (Handout photo / February 8, 2008)

Sun coverage of the fatal shootings of four members of a Cockeysville family; a fifth member of the family, a 15-year-old honor student, has been charged with the killings.

January 23, 2009

Browning being sentenced for killing members of his family

Driven by demons perhaps even he did not understand, 15-year-old Nicholas W. Browning approached his sleeping father a year ago and shot him in the head. One by one, he did the same to his mother and two brothers, the youngest of whom raised a hand in a futile attempt at warding off the bullet that killed him.

October 28, 2008

Guilty plea in 4 murders

At court hearing after court hearing, Nicholas W. Browning has sat stoically as lawyers argued about his bail status, the doctors who would evaluate him and whether he would be tried in adult court or the juvenile system on charges that he killed his family.

October 27, 2008

Tape raises questions

He told police that he stood over his father with a gun for 20 to 25 minutes before shooting him in the head. He told them that after also shooting his mother and brothers, he tried to make the house look like it had been hit by burglars. And he told the detectives investigating the fatal shootings in his upscale Cockeysville neighborhood that he killed his two younger brothers because he thought it was the only way he could get away with killing his parents.

August 3, 2008

Mental state might be key in murder trial

A teenage boy, numbed by what he described as emotional and physical abuse by his parents, was walking home one winter night from a friend's house when he began fantasizing about a life without them.

July 30, 2008

Teen 'trance-like,' doctor testifies

A Cockeysville teenager accused of killing his parents and two younger brothers was in a "trance-like state" when they were shot, one by one, as they slept in the family's home in February, a forensic psychiatrist testifying for the defense told a judge yesterday.

May 31, 2008

Hearing delayed in killing of family

A Baltimore County judge has postponed until July a hearing that had been scheduled for next week to determine whether the Cockeysville teenager accused of killing his parents and two younger brothers should be tried in the juvenile system or remain in adult court.

April 25, 2008

Garden of grief

Sitting at the February funeral service for the four members of the Browning family, Garland Williams was overcome by the sheer number of people grieving the couple, their two youngest sons and the arrest of their eldest boy on murder charges in the deaths.

March 21, 2008

Teen held in killings will be evaluated

A Baltimore County judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation yesterday for the Cockeysville teenager accused of killing his parents and younger brothers.

February 12, 2008

Browning indicted in killings

While medical staff at the Baltimore County jail continue to watch over the Cockeysville teenager charged with killing his family this month, Nicholas W. Browning was indicted yesterday on murder and handgun charges.

February 10, 2008

United in life, and now death

As mourners shuffled into pews, images flashed on a screen above the altar: The couple dancing on their wedding day, the husband's strong arms wrapped around his wife. Their three sons posing in Christmas sweaters, all chubby cheeks and big smiles. The boys in recent years, shaggy-haired and gangly, clowning on a snow-covered mountain.

February 10, 2008

When tragedy hits home

Covering tragedies is never easy or enjoyable for any journalist - in spite of how it's portrayed in the entertainment world. When a tragedy involves children and strikes close to home, it's even tougher.

February 9, 2008

The search for 'why'

Minutes before services started, the Rev. Bill Brown still didn't know what on earth he would say.

February 7, 2008

High-profile lawyer hired for Cockeysville teen

From the 17-year-old D.C. sniper to a disgraced state politician, the new attorney for a 15-year-old Cockeysville youth who police say confessed to fatally shooting his family last weekend has had his share of high-visibility clients.

February 7, 2008

Killings of parents by youths rare in U.S., experts say

The murder of a parent at the hands of a son or daughter is rare in this country, occurring 250 to 300 times a year, according to experts.

February 7, 2008

Dan Rodricks: In face of violence, looking within

Parents and teenagers are walking around this week awed by the violence that destroyed the Browning family in Cockeysville - one of those events that are so shocking we all look at each other and wait for someone to make some sense of it. But there is no sense to it, and the explanation might never come.

February 6, 2008

Gun death hit family before

The fatal shooting last weekend of a Baltimore County couple and two of their sons, allegedly at the hands of their eldest son, is not the first gun tragedy to have visited their extended family.

February 5, 2008

A suspect, few clues

Nicholas Browning appeared on the television screen in a Towson courtroom yesterday, his dirty-blond hair tousled, wearing a jail-issued orange jumpsuit. The 15-year-old Dulaney High School sophomore answered the judge's questions with "ma'am," as he was ordered held without bail in his first court appearance after being charged with murdering his family.

February 5, 2008

A Parent's View

Dulaney dad tries to make sense of deaths

At the house on Powers Avenue in Cockeysville where the killings took place, two police cars blocked the driveway yesterday and a makeshift memorial of balloons, flowers and teddy bears stood at the entrance to the wide front porch.

February 4, 2008

15-year-old charged in killings

A Dulaney High School honor student and Boy Scout was charged with shooting and killing his parents and two younger brothers, a crime that police said he confessed to more than 24 hours after the killings.

February 4, 2008

Vigil pays tribute to family

Neighbors and friends gathered to remember four Browning family members found shot in their Cockeysville home.

February 3, 2008

Four bodies found in home

The bodies of two adults and two teenagers were discovered last night in a home in Cockeysville by a 15-year-old boy who lived at the home, Baltimore County Police said.

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